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Covey Adjusting to Life with Diabetes

The first round of June’s draft was officially set when the Twins re-signed Carl Pavano, the last remaining Type A free agent on the market. The Brewers will have two picks in that first round this year, due to their inability to sign last year’s first rounder, Dylan Covey.

As you may remember, Milwaukee set to sign Covey, but a blood test taken just a few days before the signing deadline revealed that Covey had Type 1 diabetes. Like I said back in August, nobody was to blame for the inability to sign him — it was an unfortunate situation for everyone involved. Covey is now a freshman at the University of San Diego, and Kendall Rogers at Yahoo! Sports wrote a very good column on how Covey is adjusting to life with the disease:

“The fact that I’m close to home and dealing with this is very helpful,” Covey said. “It’s much easier to be where I am now without having to fly somewhere from treatment. I typically go to the doctor at UCLA, so my dad can just come by, pick me up, and we go.”

“They said there was something in the test, the physical, and they recommended I go to the doctor to get it checked out,” he said. “It was a blessing in disguise they found out I had diabetes before the deadline.”

“I would’ve never known I had the condition if not for the blood test.”

Perhaps when Covey’s time to get drafted comes again, the Brewers will again come calling.

Whether they do or don’t, he’ll always have Milwaukee to thank.

They saved his baseball career. And they might’ve saved his life.

The article notes that Covey lost 35 pounds during his senior year of high school, but nobody thought the weight loss and his struggles on the mound were caused by a medical problem. Since the diagnosis, Covey has reached out to Toronto pitcher Brandon Morrow, who is perhaps one of the most well-known diabetics in professional sports. After starting USD’s strength program, Covey has brought his weight back up from 182 to 200, and appears to look like his old self.

Selfishly, given the state of the Brewers’ farm system, I still wish he would have signed. But it is good to see that he’s adjusting well to life with diabetes, and that’s the most important thing. I’ll personally be following him for the next few years, and like the article says, perhaps the Brewers end up with him in a few years when he’s draft-eligible once again.